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Ed Markey endorses Mayor Marty Walsh’s reelection bid

US Senator Edward J. Markey (right) has officially endorsed Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s reelection bid.
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File 2017
US Senator Edward J. Markey (right) has officially endorsed Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s reelection bid.

Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey endorsed Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in his bid for reelection Saturday, citing his work to protect the environment and calling him “a fighter for all Bostonians.”

“Under Mayor Walsh, Boston is leading the way on becoming a cleaner, more energy efficient city and I know over his next four years, Mayor Walsh will continue to show that when Boston leads on climate action, other cities follow,” said Markey in a statement announcing the endorsement. “Marty Walsh has worked tirelessly to create a Boston where everyone can get ahead and I am proud to endorse him.”

Voters will head to the polls on Nov. 7, and face a choice between Walsh, who is running for his second term, and City Councilor Tito Jackson, who has hit Walsh over what he describes as the mayor’s failure to fight for the working class people of the city. A recent Boston Globe poll showed Walsh leading Jackson by 35 points. 

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In his endorsement, Markey lauded Walsh for creating Boston’s Climate Action Plan, which is a roadmap to cutting emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Boston was ranked the number one city this year for energy efficiency by the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy for the third time in a row this year, Markey said.

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In turn, Walsh said Markey has always been an advocate for the people of Massachusetts. 

“Over his career, Senator Markey has been a real leader fighting climate change while also working to create a cleaner and more sustainable future for our children,” said Walsh, in the statement announcing the endorsement. “Massachusetts is lucky to have him in the Senate and I am proud to have his endorsement.”

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @EvanMAllen.